If you’re a dog parent, you know that dogs require quite a lot of gear and there is an abundance of pet products out there to choose from. Especially for new dog owners, knowing which dog products to buy can be overwhelming. Today, I am sharing 5 top pet products every dog owner should have. Choosing dog products that provide help with good health and wellness is very important. Products and tools that help keep your home clean and safe also top the list. And, of course, toys and treats to keep your dog happy and occupied.
Lots of treats!
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx who recently sent me a carefully curated and PAW-some box of top pet products to try out. The pups and I have been loving all of these products and I am excited to share each of them with you, along with a long overdue update about my family pets. I hope my review of this essential dog gear will help make shopping for your pets a little easier.
Top Pet Products Every Dog Parent Should Have
- Pumpkin Treats from Fruitables
- Stain & Odor Remover from Kids n Pets
- FloorRover Dash from Eureka
- Disinfecting Wipes from LemiShine
- iDig from iFetch
Lots of pet updates for you!
If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I love my dogs. 2020 has been both a joyful and challenging year for me as a dog parent.
Last Christmas we added our feisty Yorkie and Chihuahua Mix puppy, Bubbles, to the family. Just a few days before Christmas, I was completely surprised when Andy said we were going out to get our new dog. I am such a planner, and he loves dropping the unexpected on me. This was one surprise I was glad for. Bubbles is a perfect fit for our family. I was amazed by how good our senior dog, Winston, adapted to having a puppy in the house. He really took her under his wing.
Bubbles is such a little lover and enjoys a good adventure.
Over the summer we added another new pup, Mr. Sprinkles, to our pack. I had no plans to get another puppy, but when I saw his sweet teddy bear face I could not resist. He is a Yorkie and Maltese Mix and has a LOT of spunk. With all the craziness of 2020, including getting my daughter set up for e-learning, I never really got around to properly introducing Mr. Sprinkles to About a Mom readers.
So, meet Mr. Sprinkles…
Then, something horrible happened.
On September 1st we said goodbye to our beloved dog, Winston. He was almost 15-years-old. I knew he wouldn’t be with us much longer, but nothing prepares you for losing a pet. Winston was a quirky little dog and such a camera ham. He could often be seen photobombing here on the blog and @aboutamom on social media. Winnie was with me through a lot over the years and it has been so difficult for me not having him here.
Winston will forever be missed.
Being a pet parent definitely has its ups and downs, but having dogs has always brought me so much joy. They can be a lot of work, especially during the puppy stage, but I cannot imagine not having dogs in our family. They go with us practically everywhere.
Here are the top pet products we tried in more detail:
Pumpkin Treats from Fruitables
I believe whole heartedly in feeding my dogs the healthiest food and treats possible. Before receiving my box of goodies from BabbleBoxx, I was already very familiar with Fruitables® treats for dogs. Created by people with a passion for innovation and advanced nutrition and a focus on harvest fresh ingredients, Fruitables is a healthy dog treat brand I feel good about feeding my beloved pets.
Both the Fruitables Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis and Fruitables Pumpkin & Cranberry Baked Treats varieties are perfect for the fall and holiday seasons. However, I feed my dogs treats made with pumpkin year round. It is good for keeping them regular… if you know what I mean.
All you have to do is open a bag of the Fruitables Pumpkin & Cranberry Baked Treats to smell the wholesome ingredients. They smell like muffins right from the oven – loaded with the flavors of the season.
Fruitables Pumpkin & Cranberry Baked Treats are made with superfoods and CalorieSmart® formulated with only 8 calories per treat. They have a crunchy baked texture that dogs love. My two pups have been going nuts for these treats in the morning.
Have I mentioned that they smell AMAZING?!
Treats are an important part of dog training. At six months old, Mr. Sprinkles still has a lot to learn. He’s such a little maniac! The Fruitables Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis are ideal to use as training treats. They are soft, small in size – only 3 calories per treat. If it takes your pup more than a few times to learn a new trick, you don’t have to worry about the calories adding up. Plus, they are grain free and made with superfoods.
Pumpkin spice, oh so nice! Fruitables Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis smell amazing because they are loaded up with fresh pumpkin, baked apples and cinnamon. Sounds delish, right?!
Learn more about Fruitables on their website and purchase at many major retailers.
Stain & Odor Remover from Kids n Pets
With kids and dogs all about the house, a good stain and odor remover is essential. Founded in 2001 by a busy dad with two kids and two pets and a lot of messes, Kids ‘n’ Pets is a natural enzyme-based Stain & Odor Remover that eliminates stains and odors on a variety of surfaces.
I try to use natural products whenever I can. Kids ‘n’ Pets is made with natural, non-toxic enzymes that break down biodegradable messes like grass stains, coffee, urine, perspiration, blood, feces, and much more. What’s great about enzymes is that they get rid of the need to use harsh chemicals in your home.
Kids ‘n’ Pets is natural, non-toxic and safe for people, pets and the planet. That’s something this mom feels really good about.
I love that I can use this product on practically any mess. It can even be used to pretreat stains, as a laundry additive or in a carpet cleaning machine to clean up larger accidents and spills. This seriously cuts down on the number of different cleaning products you buy, and it is good to know that it is safe to use around both my daughter and pets.
Potty training Mr. Sprinkles has proven to be challenging. Kids’n’Pets has done an amazing job of getting rid of the urine smell and we don’t have to feel grossed out walking around barefoot. I know the floors have been properly cleaned and sanitized. It really works! Once I’ve dabbed up the pee spot, I simply spray or pour Kids’n’Pets onto the affected area and let it air dry naturally.
FloorRover Dash from Eureka
Having dogs is messy business. There’s no getting around that, but the joy they bring makes it so worth it. Having the right tools can make all the difference. I have found just that and more with the FloorRover Dash from Eureka. Both of my dogs are masters at sneaking in leaves, sticks, pieces of mulch and the occasional worm. Ewe.
The powerful FloorRover Dash is perfect for pet owners needing powerful deep cleaning on carpets and hard floor.
Our dog, Bubbles, sheds some and because of my allergies it is important for me to have a very good vacuum. The multicyclone filtration system and HEPA filter ensure that dust and other allergens stay trapped for an allergy-free, truly deep clean.
I have Carpal Tunnel in both of my wrists and find the Floor Rover Dash very easy to use thanks to the lightweight design. Also, the swivel steering and easy glide wheels make it easy to maneuver tight spaces and it even moves easily across my shag area rugs. I even use it in our outdoor space on the lanai. The 12ft of extended reach is great for areas like this where I have limited power outlets.
Know someone who could use a new Eureka pet vacuum this holiday season? This Eureka Upright Vacuum is great for anyone, especially pet owners, and is available at Walmart.com for $159.00.
Disinfecting Wipes from LemiShine
Disinfecting wipes are so essential and now more than ever. I try to avoid harsh chemicals like bleach and have become a super fan of Lemi Shine’s Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products which are effective against 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Many conventional cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that remain on surfaces unless they’re thoroughly wiped away after use. This isn’t the case with Lemi Shine’s disinfecting wipes. These safer-for-the-home wipes are bleach-free, and formulated with plant-based ingredients, including citric acid. With Lemi Shine, no additional rinse or wipe down is needed. I like knowing that the cleaning products I use are safe for use around my child and pets.
I use Lemi Shine’s wipes for quick cleanup on my counter tops, small spills on the floor and to wipe down things like the pet dish mat, knobs and handles throughout the house. The wipes are thicker than other brands I have used and hold up well during cleaning. Most importantly though, Lemi Shine’s newly formulated disinfecting wipes kill 99.9% of surface germs and viruses, and are effective against SARS Cov-2, the cause of COVID-19. This formula has been used in hospitals for over 10 years, and Lemi Shine is bringing it to consumers.
Learn more about Lemi Shine disinfecting products on their website and purchase at major retailers like HEB and Kroger.
iDig from iFetch
iDig from iFetch finishes up my list of top pet products and it’s a good one. Now more than ever with me working from home and my daughter doing e-learning, I need to keep these two rowdy pups occupied. I was so excited when I learned we would be getting the iDig from iFetch to try out. iFetch is a family owned and run company based in Austin, TX with some really cool products to keep dogs healthy and happy through interactive play. I was already familiar with this company. My adult son has two large dogs that need a lot of exercise and he has the iFetch automatic ball launcher.
iDig is well suited for my two little pups, especially Mr. Sprinkles. He is a crazy digger. He tries to dig up the bed and sofa on a regular basis. I sometimes wonder where he thinks he is going? I knew he would love iDig and he does. Our dog Bubbles does too! Luckily, it is plenty large for both of them to dig at the same time. It is large enough for big dogs too. I think I know what dog gift my grandpups will be getting for Christmas this year!
Dogs have a natural desire to dig and I don’t want to make Mr. Sprinkles or Bubbles feel bad about doing what comes so naturally to them. The iDig digging toy is a positive outlet for them to dig to their heart’s content.
iDig Benefits for Dogs:
– Great mental and physical stimulation for dogs of all sizes
– Keeps dogs entertained… and tires them out!
– Keeps your couch cushions and garden safe
– Provides a positive outlet for dogs’ innate desire to dig
Here’s how iDig works:
Simply load the iDig with your dog’s favorite toys or treats and let the digging begin. The iDig product comes with three flaps for burying the “treasure”, and each flap is designed specifically for various digging challenges. To find the prizes you hide your dog will have to use their brain as well as their legs.
iDig comes in two versions. The iDig Stay – a compact, hardshell base with 3 flaps (which is the one I have) and the iDig Go that has a flexible, fabric base with 3 flaps that folds for storage. The retail price for both versions is $79.99.
Check out this video on Instagram to see my digging dogs in action. iDig from iFetch has been keeping them so busy!
Use promo code BABBLE15 to get 15% off an iDig digging toy (either the iDig Stay or the iDig Go) at goifetch.com.
Are any of these top pet products a good fit for your dogs?
I’m so glad to finally introduce you to our new pups. Like most of you, I try to spend my money wisely and hope this list of 5 Top Pet Products Every Dog Parent Should Have will help you decide which must-have dog gear to buy.
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